On April 28, 2013, I came home from work to see he had a bloody nose. After doing some research I decided to wait it out and see if it came back.
On April 30th, as we sat outside enjoying the sunlight, I saw a small trickle of red out of his nostril. I called the veterinarian right away.
May 1, 2013, Baxter underwent sedation, had xrays taken and blood work done. The vet was thinking it was one of three things: He'd snorted something, His tooth was causing an issue, or it may be a tumor. The first two would hopefully show up in an xray. Sadly, the results were inconclusive.
We were then referred to a specialist an hour away. The next around of testing (a rhinoscopy) will cost anywhere $2,500. Biopsy results came back, and he didn't have cancer (!!!) but they weren't sure what was wrong with him.
On September 29th, he started puking and pooing blood and was rushed to the emergency vet clinic. The bill will be anywhere from $700-$900.
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We brought him home, and let him go potty outside where we reintroduced him to Kyla. She ran at him so fast we were afraid she may attack him, but they ended up running up and down the driveway together.
Back inside, he kept spitting out his medicine so I had to shove my entire hand in his mouth (yuck), but he eventually got it down.
When I left for work, he was curled on the couch napping. So far he seems to be recovering nicely, we haven't found anymore blood and he's kept food down.
Needless to say, I'm incredibly happy he's home.
Yesterday, he'd puked a couple of times, but as he's a natural puker, I wasn't too worried about it. He'd also pooed in the house (unlike him, but when I don't get out of bed, desperate times call for desperate measures). Overall though, he was pretty okay.
This morning he puked three times in the span of about an hour. It was black and smelled awful. Just as we were going to make him white rice to calm his stomach, we found pools of blood on the floor. Immediately, we rushed him to the emergency vet clinic.
For those of you who know Bax, you know that if there is another animal around, he goes crazy. When we arrived at the clinic, there was a small dog outside. He didn't even register it. When we walked through the door, Bax dropped and pooed out blood (and a lot of it).
He was admitted to the clinic for an overnight stay. I signed off on paperwork saying that his latest bill will be anywhere from $700-$900.
After xrays and blood work, they've concluded that it was something bacterial and we'll have to put him on some pro-biotics. Right now, they have him on IV and Dextrose and the veterinarian has said he's the best dog to take care of. They should be trying to get him to eat solid foods soonish. I'll be able to pick him up tomorrow morning at 7:30am and if he's no longer bleeding from either end and is able to hold food down, he'll be home. If not, we have to admit him to his regular vet.
So that's the update today.
Fingers are crossed this is all a good sign.
I got a nice dose of reality today, that reminded me that even though Baxter is sick, and his bills are getting higher and higher, I cannot neglect myself. I hurt my eye well over a month ago, and just today finally was able to scrounge around money to see the optometrist. They were very unhappy to hear about how long I went without seeking help. They also explained that what's wrong with my eye could have taken a turn for the worse, and I could have been blind in that eye if I'd continued to wait.
We still don't technically know what's wrong with Baxter. He's still having bloody noses (though, thankfully not nearly as frequent!). It's frustrating to see how high the bill is without answers.
As always, thanks for your support.
~Lynne and Baxter